I was doing another video for the school YouTube channel today; another poetry challenge. The form today was Naani. This is a South Indian form of poetry that dates back to the 11th Century. It’s very simple; 4 lines, 20-25 syllables. There are no other rules. The word means ‘one and all’ which I took to mean that you are supposed to squeeze all your thoughts on something into that small poem.
Here are a couple I came up with. The first one is about the cinema –
The lights go down,
Deep, red curtains glide noiselessly aside,
From real life,
You are delivered.
The second is about an icy cold drink in the garden on a hot day –
Beads of condensation,
Trickle down the glass.
Catch them with your fingertip,
Before they reach the grass.
It’s quite a liberating structure – short like a haiku but with a bit more flexibility that allows you to bend your ideas into a nice shape.
Thanks for reading,
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